European Commission Investing in Germany’s Charging Infrastructure

Germany will be growing its electric vehicle charging infrastructure through government support.

The European Commission announced Monday it has approved a plan to invest 300 million euros ($319.4 million) over four years. However, energy used to power the chargers must come through renewable energy sources.

“Electric vehicles can provide real benefits to society by reducing harmful emissions and noise pollution. The German support scheme will encourage consumers and businesses to use electric vehicles,” said EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager in a statement. “It will provide the necessary infrastructure in a cost-effective way in line with EU state aid rules.”

The German government has been incentivizing sales of plug-in electrified vehicles to hit the country’s goal of having one million PEVs on its roads. Last year, an incentive program was approved to increase sales and grow the infrastructure.

German funded one billion euros ($1.12 billion) for PEVs in May. That’s short of the funds needed to expand its fleet of over 50,000 electric vehicles in the country, as of May 2016, up to the government’s goal of having one million PEVs on its roads by 2020.

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EC pressure has been increasing on countries in the European Union to move away from diesel vehicles over to hybrid and plug-in vehicles.

German automakers have been feeling the pressure, including seeing much lower PEV sales in that country than in other European nations and have called on the German chancellor to up the incentives.

Germany finished in ninth place in PEV sales last year, according to European Alternative Fuel Observatory. Sales have been split between plug-in electric vehicles and all-electric vehicles in that country.

Reuters


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